The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears ★★★

Brimming with an endless stream of homages to giallo classics (announcing its intentions in its opening sequence with a pair of iconic black gloves), THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS is uncompromisingly original in its execution, although somewhat reminiscent of Peter Strickland's superior tribute to Italian horror, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2012). Significantly, co-directors Cattet and Forzani show little interest in narrative cohesion as their main concern seems to be with capturing the sensibilities evoked by classic Italian giallo. For die-hard fans of the genre, the sonic and visual nods to the likes of Mario Bava, Aldo Lado, Dario Argento, Luigi Bazzoni, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, Ennio Morricone, Luciano Tovoli and other luminaries is nothing short of intoxicating. Despite its auditory and visual pleasures, the film takes some discipline to watch as it increasingly overdoses on formal experimentation, taking its cue from art nouveau through its emulation of spirals both visually and narratively. While this is all visually arresting, the constant narrative repetition (suggestive of the "working through" in psychoanalysis) and disorienting oneric subjectivity nevertheless wear thin. Furthermore, at a running time of 102 minutes, it all starts to feel increasingly self-indulgent, especially as it is clear from the outset where the film's chief concerns lie. Needless to say, this is not a film for viewers interested in story, not unless you are a fan of the likes of Bazzoni's gloriously demented LE ORME (1975) or perhaps Polanski's möbius nightmare, THE TENANT (1976).